Phd Candidate In Innovative Design Of Drivetrains For Large Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 04 Feb 2024

About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The Department of Marine Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)  has a vacancy for a PhD Candidate for an EU funded project: Innovative circular materials and design methods for the development of Floating Wind Turbine components for offshore Wind Farms of the future (Made4Wind). The PhD Candidate will be mainly working in the work package 5 (WP5) “Innovative compact, lightweighted and more reliable drivetrain design”, led by NTNU.

The main task of this PhD project is to develop tools and methods for designing a compact, optimized and lightweight, high power density drivetrain in order to obtain the most cost-effective option for large floating offshore wind turbines. The layout and configuration of drivetrain significantly impacts the weight and reliability of the wind turbine. The support structure design may also influence the choice of drivetrain technology in floating wind turbines. Drivetrain in this context includes main bearing, gearbox and generator - the generator design is carried out by another project partner. Thanks to our industrial collaborations in this project, the candidate will gain significant industrial insights in EU. The candidate will also actively participate in symposia, workshops and international conferences.

Your supervisor will be Professor.     

Duties of the position

  • Development of numerical models for floating wind turbine drivetrain design
  • Development of a system level optimization tools   
  • Design verification and case study in collaboration with project partners

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Mechanical Engineering, Marine Engineering, or Mechatronics
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale . If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented by June 2024
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program
  • Good written and oral English language skills. Applicants from non-English speak countries outside Europe must present an
    official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:
    TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based test), 92 / writing 22 (internet-based test)
    IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
    CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate  and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Background in programming (Matlab, python, …), familiar with Multi-body dynamic tools and good knowledge of statistics will be an advantage
  • Familiar with wind turbine global analysis tools, such as OpenFAST, or Hawc2

Personal characteristics

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good team work skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. Preferred start date is July/August 2024.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must be attached to the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Motivation letter (max one page).
  • Name and contact information of three referees, names with emails and phones
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Amir Nejad, email [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marit Gjersvold, e-mail: [email protected] .

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 31.01.2024

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology  is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 31st January 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim|
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Jonsvannsveien 82, 7050 Trondheim



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